- Sun: Full Sun
- Harvest Size: 6-inch head
- Days to Harvest: 75
- Plant Size: 18 inches wide, 12 to 18 inches tall
Cauliflower can be a little sensitive in the garden but White Hybrid has been bred to produce higher yields and to resist cold better than many other varieties.
Plant cauliflower in early spring 2 to 4 weeks before the last frost.
Plant Spacing: 18 inches apart. Plants Per Person: 2 to 4 for fresh, or 6 to 8 for fresh and freezing.
Secrets to Success »
Cauliflower likes temperatures in the 60s. Any stress can cause young plants to make tiny button-sized heads, so protect the plants from cold. Also plant in fertile, compost-rich soil. Cauliflower is a heavy feeder and needs ample regular feeding and consistent watering.
Harvest and Use »
As the plant grows, the inner leaves will wrap to protect the white head from yellowing. For even more protection, some gardeners will pull the leaves up over the head for shade securing with twine or a rubber band. Harvest when the head reaches about 6 inches and is a nice white color. Eat raw, steamed, or baked—kids especially love it topped with cheddar cheese! Avoid overcooking; if cooked too long the heads have a mealy texture. Cauliflower freezes well—steam lightly then pack in freezer bags.
Try these garden companions »
- Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kohlrabi, collards, cabbages
- Pansies for edible flowers
- Rosemary, sage, parsley, cilantro—all cold hardy herbs